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ACSU panel seeks input on school governance

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 


MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee studying the concept of merging school governance in the Addison Central Supervisory Union will soon begin a series of forums in the seven ACSU-member towns that could culminate in a referendum in March of 2013.

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Addison unification revote set for May 17

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

ADDISON — Addison residents will join their Vergennes counterparts on May 17 in deciding the fate of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification.

Petitions in both those communities triggered revotes of Town Meeting Day tallies in favor of a plan in which one 12-member board would own and operate the four ANwSU schools.

Voters in Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham joined Addison and Vergennes in backing the plan, but the results were not petitioned in those towns.

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Middlebury road bond vote set for April 12

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday, April 12, will vote for a second time on a $3 million bond issue to finance various road improvement projects throughout town.

The second Australian ballot vote, to take place at the municipal building, is needed to affirm a Town Meeting Day vote of 467 to 158 in favor of the bond. That initial vote was improperly warned and therefore must be ratified.

“It is to take care of the glitch,” Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger said of the second referendum.

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Middlebury Rotary plans online auction

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Rotary Club members this month are hoping to double the success of last year’s on-line auction that netted around $5,000 for local charitable causes.

Titled “Bidding for Good,” Rotary’s third annual on-line auction has already received 175 donated items with a combined retail value of around $17,000, according to Scott Needham, co-chair of the club’s auction committee.

“We should end up with 180 to 190 items, with a retail value of around $18,000,” Needham said.

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State to replace River Road bridge

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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NEW HAVEN — New Haven residents will have a chance to weigh in on the upcoming Nash Bridge replacement project, which will overhaul the present bridge on River Road that crosses the New Haven River near Halpin Road.

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Bristol planners analyze results of poll on sand and gravel extraction

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



 

BRISTOL — At Tuesday’s Bristol Planning Commission meeting, planners responsible for analyzing data from a March 1 public poll on gravel excavation in town submitted reasons for why residents were for or against gravel extraction in Bristol.

The planners examined public comments from the poll, which was used to gauge community sentiments surrounding gravel extraction in the downtown and conservation districts.

FOR EXTRACTION

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Tik Root released from Syrian prison

Posted on April 4, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Updated 4/1/11, 4:38 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Tik Root, the Middlebury College student and Ripton native imprisoned in Syria after a protest in Damascus on March 18, was released from Syrian custody on Friday.

“It is a tremendous relief,” wrote Tom Root, Tik’s father, in an email to the Independent on Friday afternoon.

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Lincoln group reaches out to Ghana

Posted on April 4, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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LINCOLN — The Addison County-Ghana relationship will thicken this year as Lincoln’s Ruth Polishuk lifts ECHO off the ground. ECHO — which stands for Education, Culture and Health Opportunities — is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) based out of Lincoln and Ghana’s southeast Volta Region.

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Barclay bows out after four decades with Middlebury PD

Posted on April 4, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It would be an understatement to say that Gary Barclay’s first day as a Middlebury police officer was a case of baptism by fire.

It was 1971. The Vietnam War was still raging and President Richard Nixon was in the White House. Barclay, then 25, had recently dropped off an application at the Middlebury Police Department in hopes of securing some part-time work in a field that appealed to him.

Then the call came. It was from then-Middlebury Police Chief Robert Van Ness.

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ACRPC searches for toxic contamination

Posted on April 4, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — After the Toxics Action Center published a January report illuminating 1,421 hazardous waste sites across Vermont, and 214 in Addison County, it’s understandable that many local residents are concerned about the safety of their land.

Fortunately, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) has funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to run a Brownfield Program, which identifies and assesses contaminated sites at no or low cost to qualifying property owners in Addison County.

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